Very nice to hear that so many people have been interested in our work reporting on CAR-Tregs additionally secreting IL-10, which was published in the European Journal of Immunology and became one of the top downloaded articles.
Celebration Time ! Ines is a Doctor now…
Very many CONGRATULATIONS go to Ines for completing her PhD studies on 3rd March 2023 with a very successful defence of her work. Many thanks to her examiners Jill Tipping and Marie Boyd.
Poster Prize for the Team @ PNI 2023
Great recognition by our dear UK colleagues at the Preclinical Nuclear Imaging Forum 2023 in Hull. The work was started some time ago by Eleni, then continued by Alessia, and later by Cameron with the help of other team members.
We are proud about the results of another great team effort in advanced cell therapy imaging
We evaluated the radiolabelling of regulatory T cells with Zr-89 at concentrations that could permit in vivo tracking by PET for longer than a few days. This work is now published open access at Molecules.
If you are interested in what we think is the best current alternative for real long-term tracking of regulatory T cells, have a look here.
Rainbow’s PhD work published…
…in Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry. Many Congratulations to Rainbow!!!
DNA can form non-canonical structures including so-called G4 DNA quadruplexes. Their formation in vivo has been associated with a range of biological functions, hence they have been identified as potential drug targets, and G4 DNA-binding drug candidates have been developed. Here, we report the functionalisation of one of these well-established G4 DNA binders (based on a square planar platinum(II)-salphen complex) with two different radiolabelled complexes. An 111In-conjugate was successfully used by Rainbow to assess its in vivo distribution in a mouse tumour model using single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging. Rainbow’s work highlighted the accumulation of this Pt-salphen-111In conjugate in the tumour.
A great time in Brittany – Thank you Canceropole Grand-Ouest!
This was a fantastic small meeting – exciting science, lovely colleagues! And beyond all the great science and talks – and they included opportunities to present on the international level also for PhD students (see Ines below!) – the organizers had chosen a superb location right at the beach with great food and ensured there was plenty of time for networking.
Thanks to COMULIS!
The COMULIS COST Action (Correlated Multimodal Imaging in Life Sciences) organised their 3rd conference at The Cyprus Institute in Nicosia in September 2023. First time for our lab to present at this meeting – thanks to the organisers. The conference put emphasis on correlative imaging methods able to capture the dynamics of life, spanning the whole range from molecular resolution to imaging whole organisms.
Lots of Fun on our 1st ‘Real’ Away Day since the Pandemic Kicked Off…
What we previously took for granted, has not been possible for many many moons – and so anticipation was very high for our first in-person lab Away Day for a very long times. We went on a river cruise from the on the Thames, added a few kilometers of walk on the riverbank enjoying the fabulous weather, before arriving at the Fuller’s Griffin Brewery. The team there gave us a great tour, and it even included beer tasting in their famous Hock Cellar. We concluded with splendid pub food nearby.
“Therapeutic Tolerance – Lessons Learned” … what a fabulous meeting this was!
Many thanks to John Isaac for organising this superb 5th international Therapeutic Tolerance Workshop in Newcastle. Thanks for inviting me to give a perspective on tracking therapeutic cells in vivo. It was scientifically fantastic, extremely inspiring, and I got to meet so many extremely new great colleagues.
Well done Rico – Great Oral Presentation at EMIM 2022 in Thessaloniki!
Congratulations to Rico, first, for getting an oral presentation at the European Molecular Imaging Meeting 2022 (competition is larege and strong!) and, second, for a very well presented talk entitled “Cancer cell tracking for the evaluation of EGFR and PD-L1 knowckdown in NSCLC models”.